Winter, as we all know, is the time when the cycling season ends (excluding those for whom the season lasts all year). We are forced to leave our bicycle to return to it in the spring. If you want to protect your bike from damage and other adverse “ailments” that can happen at this time, ask yourself: How and where to properly store our two-wheeler? we hope that below you will find some tips that will help you in the matter of how to store a bicycle in winter.
Where you leave your bike for the winter has an impact on what condition it will be in season. If you have enough space, we recommend storing the bike in a dry and warm place (garage, basement, apartment). However, if you want to leave it under the proverbial cloud, it is worth protecting it with a special cover. Such protection is not expensive, but we must remember that under cover the bike is also susceptible to moisture and low temperatures. Another downside is the exposure of the two-wheeler to all thieves who are more inventive and fond of bicycles. Securing the bicycle with a cover is rather an act of desperation and should be used as a last resort.
In the case of a small space for storing a bike, bicycle hangers are a helpful solution. Such bicycle holders save some space and reduce the risk of bruising and damage to the bike, e.g. in garage conditions. There comes the use of the indoor bicycle racks now.
It is also worth mentioning bicycle storage rooms, where for a small fee you can leave the bike to wait until spring. In larger cities there should be no problem finding them, often the offer is combined immediately with a bicycle service in the spring. Storing a bike in winter in this way is probably the best idea in the absence of space.
What to do before putting your bicycle away for the winter
Before putting the bike away for the winter, it is worth doing several activities that will save you unpleasant surprises in the spring, and it is worth:
- disassemble the accessories
- remove the batteries from the lights and from the meter, they may leak
- clean and oil the chain
- unclip the brake cables and derailleurs to avoid stretching
- we leave the derailleur on the lowest sprocket on which it will be the least tight (I do not write which one, because there are different types of derailleurs in some it will be the smallest sprocket in the other the largest)
- wash the bike and pay attention to: dirt between the gears, mud stuck to the rear triangle
- grease all bearings to avoid unpleasant surprises in the spring. In the case of sealed bearings, it is worth checking them for clearance after the whole season
- inflate the wheels to avoid deformation of the rubber